Institute for Rabbinical Studies

Rabbi Nachman Wilhelm, Rosh Yeshiva

The Online Smicha program is the brainchild of esteemed Torah scholar Rabbi Wilhelm, who serves as the program’s primary educator and guide. A dynamic speaker and author of numerous books on Halachic subjects, Rabbi Wilhelm was Rosh Yeshiva for 14 years in S. Paul, Minnesota.

His work includes:

Ner Mitzvah – Laws of Krias Shma
Akdamos Milin – Laws of Smicha
Nefesh Chaya – Names of the Months
Kene L’cha Chaver Ba’Torah – A Shiur and Halacha in a Weekly Torah Parsha
Tzitzis Roshi – Laws of Pehos Ha’rosh
Beurim on the Sheva Brochos
Pninei Or – About the Prayers: All Year Round and High Holidays
Shoel Keinyan – Questions and Answers in Hilchos Yom Tov
Lehodos U’lehalel – On Hilchos Chanukkah and Purim

Rabbi Wilhelm’s books and Kuntrasim received Haskamos letters from:
Harav Hagaon Pinchos Hirshfung ZT”L, Montral Chief Rabbi
Harav Hagaon Boruch Lazerovsky ZTL, Av Bais Din Kehila Kedosha Philadelphia
Harav Hagaon Menashe Klein ZTL, Av Bais Din Kehila Kedosha Ungvarer
Harav Hagaon Eli Fisher Shlita, Rosh Kollel Chasidei Gur, Brooklyn, NY

Gedolei Yisroel visited the Rosh Yeshiva and commented his work:
Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau, Former Chief Rabbi of Israel
Rabbi Shmuel Lew, Head of Lubavitch Senior Schools and noted Mashpia, London, England
Rabbi Menachem Manis Friedman, Renowned Maggid Shiur and Head of Bais Chana
Rabbi Nachum Kaplan, Director of the Chinuch Office of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch

Rabbi Yosef Avtzon

Rabbi Yosef Avtzon is a devoted and enthusiastic member of the Online Smicha Staff. Rabbi Avtzon achieved the ability to receive Smicha from Harav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg of Yerushlayim.

His experiences range from Maggid Shiur at Yeshivas Ohel Moshe of Central Africa, and Yeshivas Heichal Menachem in Milan, Italy, to his current teaching at Central Yeshiva of Crown Heights, New York. He excels in giving each student the time and individual attention to provide a rewarding Online Smicha experience.

Rabbi Sholom Shuchat

Rav Sholom Shuchat is a Dayan in the Beis Din of Agudas Harabonim of the USA and Canada, and a faculty member of the Online Smicha program.

Rabbi Mordechai Wilhelm

Rabbi Mordechai Wilhelm of New York is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher with impressive credentials and recommendation from other Yeshivas he taught at. His experience includes teaching in Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad of Los Angeles, a number of Summer Yeshivas and with the Online Smicha.

He is known for his personal connection with students, valuable general information and very informative classes, always prepared and delivered in the best manner.

Rabbi Mordechai Friedman

Rabbi Mordechai Friedman is a well known teacher in the Yeshiva of Minnesota and a faculty member of our Online Smicha Staff. Rabbi Friedman achieved the ability to receive Smicha during his years of learning as a student in Chabad Yeshivas in America.